Lion President Keith Bourne with his wife Valerie
presents first prize to Stephanie Stephens of Slade Primary School
A new event in the busy programme of Tonbridge Lions Club turned out to be a great success. The planning and organisation was done with many eventualities considered, but true to form, at the River Centre on Wednesday 26th March, “it was alright on the night”. In fact a lot better than alright according to audience reaction and social media comments.
253 children made up the six choirs from Cage Green, Sussex Road, Hadlow, St Margaret Clitherow, Slade and Woodlands Schools. Each choir performed two songs to great acclaim from the audience of 350 parents and siblings. One child later confided about how scared they were by the volume of the clapping!
The judges, Helen MacGregor, Rachel Balcombe and Julie Hill, had a difficult task as all were so good in many different ways. Whilst the judges deliberated all six choirs and the audience had a great “singalong” of songs the children had learned for the Young Voices concert.
On behalf of the judges Helen MacGregor complimented each choir for the high standard of the performances and spoke of the enjoyment of the singers that shone through. “You are all winners!” she concluded. Lion President Keith Bourne and his wife Valerie presented the prizes. Each school received a cheque to help their music development.
Fourth equal were Cage Green Primary, Hadlow Primary and Woodlands Junior Schools. Third place went to Sussex Road Primary and second to St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary. In first place was Slade Primary School. To say they were excited is a huge understatement!
A donation will be made to chYps from the bucket collection.
On behalf of the Lions organising committee, Ken Thomas said, “ We were delighted with the event. All choirs performed really well and the community singing was fantastic.”